Kerber, Siniakova finalists in Bad Homburg

BAD HOMBURG – No. 4 seed Angelique Kerber and Katerina Siniakova pulled double duty and won in both the quarterfinals and semifinals Friday, setting up a meeting in the finals at the Bad Homburg Open in Germany.

After rain canceled Thursday’s action, both rounds were squeezed into Friday’s slate. Kerber, the German former World No. 1 and three-time Grand Slam winner, defeated American Amanda Anisimova 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the quarters. Siniakova, of the Czech Republic, toppled No. 8 seed Laura Siegemund of Germany 7-5, 6-4. Kerber then outlasted Czech top seed Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the semis, grabbing a 4-0 lead in the third-set tiebreak to take control. Siniakova defeated Spanish No. 7 seed Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-2, 6-4, converting four of her five break-point opportunities along the way. Kerber is 4-1 all time against Siniakova.

Jelena Ostapenko will face Anett Kontaveit in the finals in Eastbourne, England, after each woman advanced through the semifinals Friday. Coming off two straight three-set wins, Ostapenko had an easier time in the semifinals as she defeated Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina 6-4, 6-1. The Latvian saved seven of nine break points and capitalized on Rybakina’s six double faults while committing none herself. Kontaveit, from Estonia, led Italy’s Camila Giorgi 5-4 46 minutes into the first set when Giorgi retired. Kontaveit is 2-0 head-to-head, all time against Ostapenko.

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